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Scandals diminish Conservative lead

2010-05-03

Queen’s University professor emeritus Hugh Thorburn is available to discuss the ways in which current controversies surrounding the Conservative party may sway public favour towards the Liberals. EKOS numbers released April 15 suggest the Tories’ lead has been reduced to the point of insignificance.

“This has the possibility of shifting first place standing from the Conservatives to the Liberals,” says Professor Thorburn. “If the trend continues it might even give the Liberals a parliamentary majority – say 40% of the vote. This would be a real game changer. In short it looks like another minority if the Conservatives can hold on, but more likely a Liberal minority or a majority. If the Liberals and NDP have a majority between them, then a coalition may finally come. So the situation is in flux, and any one of the three options is possible.”
Professor Thorburn has edited multiple editions of Party Politics in Canada, the standard text in Canadian political parties used in Canadian universities since 1963. He has served as President of the Canadian Political Science Association and as Chairman of the Research Committee on Socio-political Pluralism of the International Political Science Association.

To arrange an interview, contact Kristyn Wallace at (613)533-6000 ext 79173 or (613)331-0939 kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at (613)533-6000 ext 77513 michael.onesi@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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